Status of Female Farmers Rises During Food Crisis

The women who grow more than half the world’s agricultural produce have gained international recognition and aid since the start of the global food crisis in 2007. Instead of being seen as a minor, vulnerable group, international aid agencies have begun keeping sex-specific data and reaching out to them looking for cheaper and more flexible sources of food, and as development partners. In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of female farmers varies from country to country, but small-scale farmers are predominantly women. Across the continent, high rates of male migration to cities from the countryside has created an even larger role for women in farming. Read more here.

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